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2008-08-15 06:00:33

By Robyn Meadows Lancaster County's 16 public school districts made little improvement on the state assessment test, according to results released today by the state Department of Education. In math, 10 districts improved, but by less than 10 points; five stayed flat compared to the year before; one dropped. In reading, 12 districts saw their scores rise, but by no more than five points; one district remained flat; three districts saw their scores drop. On the writing section, the...

2008-08-14 12:00:46

To: STATE EDITORS Contact: Michael Race of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, +1-717-783-9802 7 in 10 students Now Meeting State Standards; Under-Funded Districts, High Schools Major Areas of Concern HARRISBURG, Pa.,Aug. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Student achievement in Pennsylvania continues to rise, as students have again exceeded the ever-increasing targets for math and reading in the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, Education Secretary Gerald L. Zahorchak...

2008-08-13 21:00:23

By Barbara Hollingsworth By Barbara Hollingsworth THE CAPITAL-JOURNAL The view inside Chase Middle School on Tuesday afternoon wasn't the picture that a No Child Left Behind label painted. "Eye of the Tiger" blasted over the intercom as teacher Sarah Hazen tore through the hallways in a blue football jersey waving orange and blue pom-poms. "Who made AYP?" Hazen hollered. "We did!" teachers shouted. Elsewhere in town, the label given to the school was one of "on improvement" -- a...

2008-08-12 09:01:23

Public confidence in America's public schools and the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) declined in 2008, according to findings from the second annual national survey by Education Next and the Program on Education Policy and Governance (PEPG) at Harvard University. And, with the presidential election in high gear, Education Next/PEPG survey respondents give a clear edge to Democrats as the party "more likely to improve the nation's schools." Results show that the public is now split over...

2008-08-12 06:00:58

By James Haug By JAMES HAUG REVIEW-JOURNAL Clark County School District students overwhelmingly failed their end-of-semester math exams, but scored high enough on state standardized tests to meet the benchmarks of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Tim Kanold, a math textbook author and president of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, sees no contradiction. "You want the local test to be harder than the state test," said Kanold, a former school superintendent for a...

2008-08-11 15:01:09

By Polly Summar Journal Staff Writer VELARDE -- Drivers to Taos pass by Velarde Elementary School every day, not knowing what the humble structure on the west side of NM 68 holds inside. "This school dates back to the 1930s and was a WPA (Works Project Administration) project," said principal Roberto Archuleta on Thursday. "It has adobe walls, oak floors, vigas and views that people pay a lot of money for." But that sense of school pride goes much deeper than the building's structure....

2008-08-08 21:00:23

By Emily Krone ekrone@@dailyherald.com A DuPage school district has backed off a threat to boycott state tests this spring for students who are still learning English. Carol Stream Elementary District 93 had planned to protest the state's decision to scrap an alternative test designed for English learners. District 93 officials had said they were willing to break the law - which requires districts to test all students in selected grades - to shield these students from the frustration...

2008-08-08 15:00:48

Let's start by establishing that No Child Left Behind is seriously flawed, unfairly labels schools as failing when students are improving and offers schools one way to pass and 37 subgroup ways to fail. But let's finish by acknowledging the U.S. education system as a whole is failing, 70 percent of eighthgraders can't read at grade level, 93 percent of middle school science teachers have little to no science training, 24 countries outscore us in math, 20 outscore us in science and 20 have...

2008-08-08 09:01:20

By Amy K. Stewart Deseret News Though educators and parents statewide have been concerned about the large amount of time students spend being tested, the Governor's Blue Ribbon Panel on Assessment is recommending even more testing. The idea is to eliminate not-as-valuable testing time and put it toward formative testing -- ongoing testing in the classroom that gives teachers immediate feedback and tells educators where the students are academically, said Judy Park, Utah State Office of...

2008-08-07 18:01:31

By JOYCE HULETT Q: What does it mean when schools fail to attain the anticipated scores on mandated tests? A: Failure to meet the expected competency score means more stress for children. School has become a place of failure for many students. When teachers are pressured for children to do well on tests, that pressure is bound to transfer to their students. That reduces student learning to a test score. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education employed teachers...


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  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
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